16 year old gas water heater started leaking, so time to replace! The old water heater was on a 3-legged stand, and the stand is permanently embedded in to a concrete blob on top of the concrete garage floor. My quick fix, wife needs hot water now, was to cut down the stand and build a 2x6/plywood stand on top of the old legs. Since wood is susceptible to water and fire, I thought this would be a temporary solution.
- Is my plywood base actually okay, or should I consider replacing it immediately?
- What are some options for improving the situation? My only thought is to jack-hammer the old cement blob, and create a new square cement blob since garage floor is not perfectly level
- How important is it that the water heater be perfectly level?